Smithfield drops Paula Deen…when will the fallout stop?

Today Smithfield dropped Paula Deen. This comes days after America learned in a deposition that Deen has used the n-word, and that she wanted to throw a plantation themed wedding. Is Deen a racist? I don’t know, but I do know that she is racially insensitive, and I do know that national sponsors want to avoid controversy. Deen has become a hot potato and it will be interesting to see if this is the first of many sponsors jumping off the good ship Deen. Deen is a daughter of the south, or a grandaughter of the confederacy. She liberally uses the language used in those days gone by. I think Deen has a lot to learn and I don’t see this as a teachable moment. The Food Network and losing the Smithfield account are business decisions. Companies are not trying to teach they are in it for the money, and if a spokesperson is associated with controversy they will cut them lose in a heartbeat. So will Deen learn anything from this? Hopefully, she will learn that dropping the n-word can be costly.

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  • John56  On June 25, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Read the court documents . Racism , sexism and ati – semitism. Are involved. Stop giving rednecks a pass

  • elogam  On June 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    News flash! A middle-aged white woman has admitted to using the N-Word in the past?!? HOLD-THE-PHONE!!! Wait a minute…. I’m also hearing that water is wet, and sugar is sweet….

    It was a deposition-she had to tell the truth. If she’d said she’d NEVER used the word, that would have caused fire and brimstone to rain down. Look, everyone of a certain age has used the word. I’ve used the word. I don’t use it any longer, because as Richard Pryor said towards the end of his life: “…There AREN’T any….”

    I’m curious: While I cannot say with certainty,I’m pretty sure Jamie Foxx used the word-not in the past- but within the past WEEK at least. Will he be losing his station on SiriusXM? I heard a multitude of rappers using it on the hip-hop station. Will THEY be losing endorsements? Somehow I doubt it, because to be black in America means you are subjected to “the soft bigotry of lower expectations.”


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